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Winter 5% Challenge: trigger foods/situations

Friday, December 02, 2011

I'm an emotional eater, meaning (for me) that I tend to eat when I'm bored, anxious, lonely or upset. No matter how good my intentions, I find it extremely difficult to change my eating habits when I get bored or the day seems to somehow go awry.

I have a love/hate relationship with sweet foods such as ice cream and salty foods such as chips. I believe I've been doing really well with ice cream. I tend to buy the single serving containers or boxes of individually wrapped treats. I think this has helped me because once I reach the bottom of the container or finish the treat, I know I've consumed my limit for the day. However, chips are a different story. I've been doing better but some days are more challenging than others. Typically, I've learned not to purchase any chips because I can't eat something that isn't in the house. On rare occasions I do buy a bag of chips. Once I buy them, it almost seems like I've doomed myself because once I start eating them, I can't seem to stop myself.

I feel like I'm getting better at recognizing my trigger foods and dealing with the ways I handle the situation surrounding my emotional eating episodes. I've noticed I have significantly fewer cravings for junk food and feel better when I indulge less frequently. However, I still consume these foods on occasion and don't feel quite as guilty when I indulge since I've been purchasing these items in single serve portions.
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  • DANA564
    I have a hard time when something is in the house too. Great idea about the single serving size. Have your tried the new POP chips? I find them in the health food section of the grocery store. They satisfy the craving for something salty and crunchy and are not as bad as chips. Just a suggestion. I believe you can do this!! Good luck! Go cats! emoticon
    3424 days ago
    I'm with you on the not having the trigger foods in the house. Buying single serving portions is a good way to handle tempting foods. Good job!
    3424 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    i AM LIKE YOU ONE OF MY main trigger food is chips,
    3424 days ago
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